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By L.S. Stavrianos, Traian Stoianovich

With a brand new creation by means of TRAIAN STOIANOVICH

A enormous paintings of scholarship, The Balkans on account that 1453 stands as one of many nice accomplishments of eu historiography. lengthy out of print, Stavrianos' opus either synthesizes the prevailing literature of Balkan stories considering that international battle I and demonstrates the centrality of the Balkans to either ecu and international historical past, a centrality painfully obvious in contemporary years.

At final, the cornerstone publication for each pupil of Balkan historical past, tradition and politics is now to be had as soon as again.

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Now, with the T urks ruling the area from the Sea of M arm ora to the Euphrates, A sia M inor had becom e instead a dagger pointed at the heart of the em pire. B yzantium was underm ined also by a steady econom ic decline. T he loss of the rich A siatic provinces had deprived the em pire of a principal source of tax revenue. Equally serious was the tightening strangle hold of the Italian m erchant adventurers upon the com m erce of the em pire. T he refusal of Byzantine capitalists to invest in risky m aritim e ventures left the Italians in alm ost com plete control of overseas trade.

M onasteries becam e centers of learning. Serbian literature, inspired by G reek models, m ade its appearance and reflected a feeling of national unity. This was particularly true of the great popular epics th a t were now beginning to be sung and th at were exclusively and peculiarly Serbian, owing nothing to Byzantium. N either the political nor the cultural institutions of m edieval Serbia h ad an opportunity to develop to the full. T he foreign enemies were too m any and D ushan’s am bition was too great.

D . 4 7 6 ) the b arb arian chief O doacer forced the boy-ruler, R om ulus A ugustulus, to retire, ending the shadow y rem ains of im perial rule in the West. T he deposition of Rom ulus A ugustulus did not m ark the end of the R om an E m pire. It was, rather, the beginning of the end. F o r one m ore cen­ tury the trad itio n of im perial unity persisted, inspiring the E astern em perors to gallant but foredoom ed efforts to restore a p ast th at was beyond restora­ tion. This was the case especially with Justinian ( 5 2 7 -5 6 5 ), who won A frica from the V andals, Italy from the O strogoths, and a p art of Spain from the Visigoths.

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